R. Grey Niche Award - IDT on Tour - Norman Rockwell Show - Alley Rep 

BoDo Gallery Carves Out a Niche for Itself

In the world of custom jewelry, a Niche award is a big deal. Given annually by Niche Magazine, a trade publication for American craft retailers, the award bestows a seal of approval on craft artists of all genres.

This year, R. Grey Gallery has been nominated in two categories: top retailer and best custom newsletter. The Eighth Street gallery has been nominated in the top retailer category in past years, but this is the first time it's made the cut in the newsletter category. A gallery spokesperson says R. Grey must have been nominated by a customer or another artist. Several of R. Grey's jewelers have won Niche Awards, an honor the gallery considers among the most prestigious.

Winners will be announced in August.

Dance Company Goes Rural

What's the best thing about Idaho being considered rural and underserved by the arts? Money to infuse the state's itty bitty towns with a little culture. Thanks to a $10,000 chunk of cash from the National Endowment for the Arts, contemporary dance company Idaho Dance Theatre will hit the road for a 10-day tour through rural Idaho, where the likes of modern dance doesn't often make it.

McCall is the first stop on Friday, May 9, and from there, the dancers head north to Grangeville, Lapwai, Moscow, Potlatch and Post Falls. They'll squeeze in 14 shows at high schools, elementary schools and the occasional community playhouse before ending their tour on the Coeur d'Alene Indian Reservation in Worley on Tuesday, May 20.

Two-Day Norman Rockwell Show in Boise

Perhaps no artist is as well-known for depicting Americans in his work as Norman Rockwell. The 20th century painter and illustrator is thought to have produced some 4,000 works throughout his career, with his depictions of rosy-faced Americans appearing on 321 covers of The Saturday Evening Post over almost a half-century.

Next week, 40 limited edition lithographs of pencil sketches by Rockwell will be on display at MassMutual Financial Group's Boise office Sage Wealth Management for its grand opening. The sketches were commissioned by MassMutual Financial Group for ads in The Saturday Evening Post in the mid-1900s.

The public is invited to peruse the collection Wednesday, May 14, and Thursday, May 15, from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Owyhee Park Building at 3501 W. Elder St., Suite 300.

Alley Rep Finishes Up Its First Run

It's weekend number two, and performances three, four and five in the first production of Boise's newbie theater company. Last weekend, Alley Repertory Theater opened its first show, New York playwright Douglas Carter Beane's The Little Dog Laughed. You may not recognize the writer's name immediately, but you may remember his most-well-known work: To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar, a film with Wesley Snipes, Patrick Swayze and John Leguizamo starring as drag queens stuck in small town America. The award-winning The Little Dog Laughed is a comedy about Alex, an actor trying to keep his homosexuality a secret in order to land a big role.

May 8-10, 8 p.m., $18. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage, Garden City. For more information, call 208-388-4ART or visit alleyrepertorytheater.clamcity.com.

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